This post was almost finished at the start of the week. It was titled ‘Wilson Should Wait’, and talked about how the collapse of Danny Wilson’s proposed move from Rangers to Liverpool might be the best thing to happen to him. Of course a couple of days later the deal was back on and Wilson had moved to Anfield.
The 18 year old came to prominence last season, with some impressive performances at centre-back resulting in him being voted SPFA Young Player of the Year.
Liverpool reportedly had a bid of £2million rejected and with the departure of Rafa Benitez, it appeared that the Reds had cooled their interest. It also appeared to work against Wilson that he would not be considered a ‘home grown’ player, should he move south.
It’s understandable that any young player would be interested in a move to a club like Liverpool, but Wilson should perhaps have learned to walk before he runs. While there’s no doubting his promise, Wilson was mostly a stand-in for Madjid Bougherra during the last campaign. With Bougherra (if he stays), David Weir and the returning Andy Webster also fighting for a starting place, Wilson would have done well to establish himself in the Rangers first-team, never mind at one of the top teams in England. A couple of years of regular SPL action, combined with possible Champions League football would provide Wilson with some much needed experience and possibly make him a more attractive proposition for other clubs.
Wilson only needs to look at the example of Liam Miller, who left Celtic for Manchester United after only 26 league games. The move to Old Trafford didn’t work out and his career has never reached the heights it should have.
Contrast that with James McArthur who has just left Hamilton Accies for Wigan Athletic. McArthur has played nearly 170 times for Hamilton, and he moves as a reasonably experienced professional with over five years top team experience, rather than as a naive rookie.
Danny Wilson is a player of undoubted potential, and if he continues to improve then he has a big career ahead of him. The timing of the move however, could go a long way to determining how successful a career he has.